Sony’s Smartwatch 3 was the first of Sony’s smartwatches to run Android Wear in particular, and it was an odd decision when you consider that Sony refused to entertain Android Wear when it first launched in late Spring 2014. By the Fall of that same year, though, Sony had capitulated and manufactured an Android Wear smartwatch (the Sony Smartwatch 3). Sony has had a bit of a rough time with its smartphone and smartwatch business, though the Japanese manufacturer’s recent acquisition of an image sensor company shows that Sony cameras and camera sensors are still popular, however.
Well, it appears as though the life of the Sony Smartwatch 3, at the Google Store, though, has come to an end. According to the Google Store’s own listings, the Sony Smartwatch 3 is gone, with the product statement at the Google Store that “The Sony Smartwatch 3 is no longer available for purchase.” Sony’s smartwatch isn’t alone, however: the beloved first-generation Moto 360 is also absent as well.
The Sony Smartwatch 3 was discounted to $99.99 at Verizon some weeks ago, and it sold out (which was expected). The first-generation Moto 360 also sold out at the Google Store when its price was dropped down to $99.99, since that seems to be the price point for many consumers.
When it comes to the first-gen. Moto 360, it’s not surprising that Google has discontinued sales of the device, though it is somewhat depressing for consumers who anxiously wanted to cash in on the $99.99 price point of the one smartwatch responsible for giving Android Wear its luxury reputation. The sale on the first-generation Moto smartwatch was done to probably clear out supply before the new Moto 360 gets announced this year (perhaps at Google I/O 2016 in May).
While the first-generation Moto 360 has been eliminated from the Google Store, there is some good news in all this: the Moto 360 Sport is now available at the Google Store, providing a similar experience to the luxury Moto 360 but tailoring the experience more for fitness lovers who want to use their Moto 360 in the wild. You can expect to find an altimeter, GPS, barometer, pedometer, and heart rate monitor as part of the Moto 360 Sport hardware, and US customers can purchase it for $279.99 (Canadian customers can expect to pay $299.99 in Canadian dollars).